Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekend Update

Well it looks like our streak of record warm days will come to an end at 5 here in Montreal. We have an outside shot at today's record high which was 18.6C set in 1979, but it is a long shot with a forecast high at 16C. A weak cold front slipped south of the region late yesterday accompanied by a few light showers and a rumble or two of thunder. Today will be sunny, breezy and dry with temperatures about 10 degrees colder than Thursday, but still 10 above normal. On Thursday Montreal reached 23.9C beating the old record of 15C set in 1946. Hundreds of other records fell all over the area as a matter of fact we had record high temperatures from Saskatchewan clear across the the Atlantic Coast. Locally Kemptville reached 24.5C (16.7 - 1953), and Ottawa 24.9C (15.6 - 1953).

The weekend looks unsettled and much cooler as low pressure moves from the Dakotas into the Great Lakes and eventually south of Montreal. There is not much moisture with the system but it will bring cloud cover as well as cooler temperatures and a few showers on Sunday. Temperatures will be 16C today, but only 9C on Saturday and even cooler Sunday around 5C. While temperatures are much colder, this is seasonable for March. Next week it looks like things will warm again to above normal, but not the hot weather of this past week.

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